One Of Those Days!

It’s been one of those wonderful days today!

We woke up rather late for us, about 9 am ish, to the sound of heavy lorries.  It appeared the council had started to tarmac the road over the bridge close to where we were moored. It still makes us feel lucky that we don’t experience that ‘Monday Morning’ feeling anymore.  Not having that ‘Tuesday After Bank Holiday’ feeling is even better, which means in my mind, we woke to an even luckier day!

After a sausage sarnie for breakfast, we set too for our short trip to Congleton.

Who wouldn’t feel blessed waking up to our beautiful surroundings – it has all the makings of a beautiful day.

The ‘Mile Markers’ on the Macclesfield Canal are unique as they are made of stone, and looking rather like gravestones.

During the war (I sound like Uncle Albert) the stones were removed just in case they helped German invaders. The stones were buried for safe keeping, though unfortunately two had to be re-made as they had gone missing. After the war, they were put back in situ.

While walking the dog, John came across this iron fence which had a notice (see pic below) explaining the history of the fence, and the decision of erecting the fence, which was at the request of the owners of Ramsdell Hall. Along the canal it was normal to plant trees, but trees would have spoilt the beautiful views of the Cheshire countryside for the Hall, therefore the owners requested the fence instead of trees.

Ramsdell Hall

Beautiful canal-side gardens are a delight, this owner had bought a new garden bench, dedicated to the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.

It’s a travesty that the stone masons who built the bridges are not commemorated some way as their skills are definitely on par with the stone masons of St Pauls, and other fine historical buildings!

All stone walls appears to be built without any mortar.  Their stone mason’s work is amazing!

I’ve heard the type of bridge below called: a rover’s bridge, a turnaround bridge, and a snake bridge. The bridge was constructed for the barge horse, when the towpath changed sides. The unique design of the bridge enabled the horse to move over to the other towpath without uncoupling from the boat it was pulling – ingenious!

The grooves in the stone are made through the pulling ropes, attached to the barge horses, wearing away the stone.

I’m making no apologies for snapping these pics of different bridges, I’m just over awed with them, they are so beautiful.

We moored just 100 metres or so from the WiFi antenna, so it’s no wonder we’re recording 48 Mg of WiFi.

This is Cyan, moored up for the night at Congleton Wharf.  We’ve been amused by an older and a younger brood of ducklings – they are hilarious, and already they know the sound of the pump, pumping out dishwater into the canal. They scurry to the discharge hoping for ‘bits of food’ in the dishwater.

Today we’ve done 0 locks, 3.5 miles, and mooring with 48 Mg WiFi.

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